BT is expanding Ethernet Connect, its Ethernet virtual private network (VPN) service, to allow large organizations to evolve and grow their infrastructure while maintaining control of their IP architecture.
BT says Ethernet Connect is ideal for a range of applications, including connecting data centers and organizations that wish to design and manage their IP layer.
Customers can set up their network to meet current needs and then add features when needed. In addition to the new nodes, three access resilience options are now available: standard, which offers a single physical connection from the BT point of presence (POP) to the customer site; diverse, which offers two accesses that are delivered to the same BT POP; and diverse+, which offers two accesses that are delivered to different POPs.
“With our ability to provide IP VPN services in more than 170 countries/ territories and Ethernet VPN services in 28 countries," said Kim McMann, president, BT U.S. and Canada, "multinational customers with operations in the U.S. and Canada rely on us to keep them connected and to provide value-added services that let them focus on their core business, not their networked IT infrastructure."
IDC research shows the total U.S. Ethernet services market is expected to grow from $2.6 billion in 2009 to $7.2 billion in 2014.